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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Cedric C. Carter a hobbyist user from Northampton, Massachusetts USA writes:
I have one of these. I like it especially running my Oberhiem Matrix 1000 tone module through it.

However, I'm having problems getting any sounds out of it. What could be wrong? Is it worht the money to spend to get it repaired?

I am also looking for a copy of the owners manual so if any of you are willing to photocopy and send it to me, I would appreciate it.

Please e-mail me at OR with your details and shipping requirements.

I used to have a KX-5 keytar but I sold it a few years ago. I like the expression controls on the handle and the fact that such a cheap keyboard was equiped with MIDI.

The most useful voices I've been able to do anything with are: 00-Synth, 10-Elec. Piano, 12-Vibraphone, 24-Woood bass, 32-Horn, and 40-Flute. Having pitch bend, vibrato, Portamento, and Sustain readily available at the left hand is great! Transposing and tuning buttons are useful for bass sounds.

Not a bad deal overall... as has been said already... it looks cool. But use it with a tone module for the best results

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-11-2002 at 19:07
UralTEK a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
If you like Da Cheese, this is it! =)

Sounds horrible, with only 2-OP FM sounds I guess. Sounds suck, rhythms suck even more. BUT.

I have had many REAL synths and other gear but somehow I've spent countless hours entertaining myself (and my most pervert friends), playing ultra-cheesy MIDI-country and making awful bends with "tuba" sound. Amazing.

And not to forget the fact other people are saying too: it is an extremely cheap and portable MIDI controller (paid about 20 euros). Adjustable pitch-bend (-12 - 12 semitones) and adjustable portamento (10 steps) combined with the cheesy guitar-like looks make this a fun toy.

Don't handle it too roughly though - "touch me and I'll disintegrate" is written all over it. Although the keyboard on mine has survived many aggressive sessions. =)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-19-2002 at 11:35
Rod Johnson a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Bro as soon as I picked up the SHS-10 I knew we were ment to be together. I just started whailing on the keys and 100% pure music came out. The portamento and the pitch bend range totally jam. NOthing beats the beats the keytar produces by itself. Usually I just listen to them without accompanyment. Radical.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-07-2002 at 09:23
Paul Smith a hobbyist user from near Cambridge, UK writes:
Spent a lot of time looking for an shs 10, but ended up with an shs 200 (stereo and midi). Have been playing a piano accordion for years and it linked. Anyone tried both 10 and 200 and can give me a comparison since I never tried a 10 - just wanted one. Also, anyone have any idea where I can get an shs 200 manual or reviews of the shs 200 on the net? I'd be really glad to hear!

posted Wednesday-Mar-06-2002 at 07:13
Ian Morrison a part-time user from London, England writes:
£8 from Portobello market; awesome. Plugging it into my lexicon wields INS4NE results... Myself and a friend started jamming straight away - taking turns on guitar and keyboard. We feed them both into the lexicon, set the dials to 11, and rocked the house down... when the guitar's distortion overcooks, the keyboard squeels like it's being raped in a back ally.. it is SUPURB. as an on stage midi controller, it never fails to seduce chicks. Finally, i can get the "cock extension" effect with a keyboard that guitarists have enjoyed for years.

If you see one buy it. If you see one and you don't want it, buy it for me; i'd love to make a double necked "cheap-trick" style uber keyboard.

The auto rhythms are great; flange the whole lot, and play really loud - it sounds evil, menacing, satirical and dark dark dark. the bass sounds are, generally, great. the sounds on their own sounds shit, but then, who ever "had it" to a naked 303? not me, oh surely no. anyone into post-modern synthpop must stroke themselves at least once at the thought of thrusting one of these into the audience.

i've got the original gweeds & reflex jam sessions - 4 mp3's - if anybody wants to check them out. they're dirty, raw, full of bum notes, but it sounds like the sky is falling down...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-15-2001 at 11:09
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